The Benefit of Dog Agility for Working Breeds
We’re working dog owners and know what it can be like living with a smart and energetic dog! Without an appropriate channel, their boundless energy and unmet natural instincts can come out in all sorts of problematic ways such as a gundog breed running off and going ‘self-employed’, herding breeds stalking things that move, guardian breeds being wary of strangers, or terriers killing small furry things!
The first step for finding an appropriate outlet for their natural behaviour so you can achieve the dog-owning life you envisaged is researching what your dogs’ breed was bred to do: Chasing? Digging? Scenting? Watching? It’s not enough to teach them they shouldn’t do these behaviours, to ‘scratch the itch’ owners must find their dogs’ safe opportunities to express their natural behaviour. Dog sports are a fantastic way for dogs and owners to enjoy an active life together.
For example, our girl Thea is a Working Cocker Spaniel, and during shooting season she is worked as a gundog and used to enjoy the offseason training and competing in agility. When she was given a ‘job’ I saw a shift in her, it was like she saved ‘top gear’ for her work and her daily demeanour shifted to a slower pace; as a result, she is such a pleasure to spend time with.
The key is to find something that appeals to you and your dog:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “He loved it! Equally we really enjoyed it too! “Carrie, Anglian Dog Works Workshop Attendee.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Our 11 month old puppy is having such fun doing her first agility training” Debbie, Anglian Dog Works Course Attendee.
If you are not local to Anglian Dog Works, but would still like to attend a session led by a qualified and professional trainer, you can find a trainer in your area by going to the IMDT website: https://www.imdt.uk.com/find-a-qualified-imdt-trainer